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What Are You Doing with Your Life?

2-3-5 Renewal Lies between Thoughts
The difficulty is for the mind to be still; for the mind is always worried, it is always after something, acquiring or denying, searching and finding. The mind is never still, it is in continuous movement. The past, overshadowing the present, makes its own future. It is a movement in time, and there is hardly ever an interval between thoughts. One thought follows another without pause; the mind is ever making itself sharp and so wearing itself out. If a pencil is being sharpened all the time, soon there will be nothing left of it; similarly, the mind uses itself constantly and is exhausted. The mind is always afraid of coming to an end. But, living is ending from day to day; it is the dying to all acquisition, to memories, to experiences, to the past.
from Jiddu Krishnamurti “What Are You Doing with Your Life?” (Krishnamurti Foundation of America)

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The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

As a SPECIES, we should never underestimate our low tolerance for discomfort.  To be encouraged to stay with our vulnerability is news that we can use.  Sitting meditation is our support for learning how to do this.  Sitting meditation, also knows as mindfulness-awareness practice, is the foundation of bodhichitta training.  It is the natural seat, the home ground of the warrior-bodhisattva.

from Pema Chödrön “The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times”